Bridgeman, Bruce Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, California.
- Psychology and consciousness
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The state of being aware of one's own existence, of one's mental states, and of the impressions made upon one's senses. Consciousness is central to human existence, yet it has proved difficult to define and characterize. A useful criterion in humans is as follows: if one can communicate with others about an event or a perception, it is conscious; otherwise, it is not. See also: Cognition; Perception; Sensation
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